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Therapeutics’ LuViva™ Advanced Cervical Scan Under Review by
United Kingdom’s NHS Diagnostics Assessment Programme
United Kingdom (October 4, 2011) – — Guided Therapeutics, Inc. (OTCBB & OTCQB: GTHP), developer of a rapid and painless
testing platform that uses biophotonics for the early detection of disease, today announced that the LuViva™ Advanced Cervical
Scan was selected for inclusion in a review of new technologies by the United Kingdom’s National Institute for Health and
Clinical Excellence (NICE).
part of NICE’s work to provide guidance on medical technologies, its Diagnostics Assessment Programme (DAP) focuses on the evaluation
of innovative medical diagnostic technologies in order to ensure that the National Health Service (NHS) is able to adopt clinically
and cost effective technologies rapidly and consistently. LuViva is one of four new adjunctive colposcopy technologies under review
as part of the assessment. Additional information about the NICE assessment can be found at http://guidance.nice.org.uk/DT/5
in the NICE review is important to our strategy of establishing LuViva as a means to improve the standard of care for women’s
health internationally,” said Mark L. Faupel, Ph.D., President and CEO of Guided Therapeutics.
“We look forward to working with NICE over the coming months to demonstrate not only LuViva’s efficacy, but the tremendous
savings in time and money our technology can bring to the UK healthcare system.”
scans the cervix with light to identify cancer and pre-cancer painlessly and non-invasively. Guided Therapeutics’
patented biophotonic technology is able to distinguish between normal and diseased tissue by detecting biochemical and morphological
changes at the cellular level. Unlike Pap or HPV tests, LuViva does not require laboratory analysis or a tissue sample, and is
designed to provide results immediately, which eliminates costly, painful and unnecessary testing.
the United Kingdom, LuViva is proposed initially as a test for about 400,000 women who are annually referred to more than 170
institutions for follow up from a Pap test, called a colposcopy examination, which in many cases involves taking a biopsy of the
cervix. Based on its clinical trial results, LuViva could eliminate about 40% of unnecessary follow up procedures and could identify
serious cervical disease up to two years earlier than the standard of care.
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is the independent organisation responsible for providing national
guidance and standards on the promotion of good health and the prevention and treatment of ill health in the United Kingdom. NICE
produces guidance for public health, health technologies and clinical practice. NICE produces quality standards and quality and
outcomes framework for patient care. Additionally, NICE provides advice and support on putting NICE guidance and standards
into practice through its implementation programme, and it collates and accredits high quality health guidance,
research and information to help health professionals deliver the best patient care through NHS Evidence. For more information,
Therapeutics, Inc. (OTCBB & OTCQB: GTHP) is developing a rapid and painless testing platform for the early detection of disease
based on its patented biophotonic technology that utilizes light to detect disease at the cellular level. The company’s
first planned product is the LuViva™ Advanced Cervical Scan, a non-invasive device used to detect cervical disease instantly
and at the point of care. In a multi-center clinical trial, with women at risk for cervical disease, the technology was able to
detect cervical cancer up to two years earlier than conventional modalities, according to published reports. Guided Therapeutics
has also entered into a partnership with Konica Minolta Opto to develop a non-invasive test for Barrett’s esophagus using
the technology platform. For more information, visit: www.guidedinc.com.
LuViva Advanced Cervical Scan and Barrett’s Esophagus technology are investigational devices and are limited by federal
(U.S.) law to investigational use.
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Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010, and subsequent quarterly reports.